Nadal is the model of consistency on clay, same can't be said about other surfaces, I am unsure why you seem so sure about the year end outcome, there are plenty of points up for grabs for all three players. Obviously Andy is prioritising the defence of his USO, quite rightly in my opinion, as when he hangs up his racket his success will be measured by the number of slams he won, not by how many weeks he spent at No 1. If you want to talk consistency, then Andy is right up there he's contested the finals of the last four slams (excluding FO) and the Olympic final - that's pretty damn consistent in my book and a stat any Murray fan would take over being No 1 in the world.
Absolutely agree on all counts.
I don't know why some persist in the idea that Andy will do nothing for the rest of the year. Who is to say he won't win Cincy. Okay, he can't gain at the USO, but I wouldn't bet against him defending. I mean, who else is winning it, Rafa? Yes, right.
Then there's Asia, where Andy has consistently played well.
Personally I wouldn't bet against Andy for the WTF this year.
If Andy should drop back to three it would be no big deal. Three with the Wimbledon title, or two without it? I know which I prefer. Andy also doesn't need to rush to no.1. He's far better off prioritising peaking at the right times in my book, which involves picking and choosing when he plays.
I'd take Andy's current consistency in the slams over any ranking.
As for Nadal, let's see how he is a few rounds into the USO and beyond.